Karen Johnston

Law, Georgia State University


Karen Johnston (J.D. ’08), is the assistant director for the Center for the Comparative Study of Metropolitan Growth at Georgia State University College of Law, and managing editor of the Journal of Comparative Urban Law and Policy. She is also affiliated faculty with the Urban Studies Institute in the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies, and the Partnership for Urban Health Research in the School of Public Health. She is the faculty advisor for the Environmental Law Society, and advises the team for the Jeffrey G. Miller National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition.  Karen holds a J.D. from Georgia State University, as well as a B.S. in civil engineering and an M.S. in environmental engineering from Virginia Tech.  She is a member of the State Bar of Georgia and its Environmental Law Section.

Karen teaches the Urban Fellows course, an interdisciplinary graduate-level seminar designed to allow students to dig deep into issues related to metropolitan growth; top student research papers are selected for publication.  Karen also develops and leads numerous international programs, both for students and professionals.

Karen Johnston


  • Law
  • Urban Studies